Moneyball Video Essay Scholarships

Levitt on In Pursuit of Pennants
04/27/15 | 06:20
Dan Levitt joins MLB Now to discuss his book, ‘In Pursuit of Pennants’ and how the Giants became a model franchise


In Pursuit of Pennants
Baseball Operations from Deadball to Moneyball

By Mark L. Armour & Daniel R. Levitt

The 1936 Yankees, the 1975 Reds, the 1992 Blue Jays … why do some teams succeed while other do not?  These teams operated in much different times and environments, but are there common themes in their stories?  In fact, yes, there are.

The Moneyball strategy (as depicted in Michael Lewis’s fine book) is not the first (nor the last) example of how new ideas and innovative management have transformed the way teams are assembled.  In Pursuit of Pennants examines and analyzes a number of compelling, winning baseball teams over the past hundred-plus years, along with how the evolving environment created opportunities for innovation.

Whether through scouting, integration, instruction, expansion, free agency, or modernizing their management structure, each winning team and each era had its own version of Moneyball, where front office decisions often made the difference.  This book shows how these teams succeeded and how they relied on talent both on the field and in the front office.  While there is no recipe for guaranteed success in a competitive, ever-changing baseball world, these teams demonstrated how creatively dealing with one’s curcumstances can often lead to a competive advantage.

Learn more at: pursuitofpennants.com


MLB Now: Dan Levitt
12/13/16 | 00:06:00
On MLB Now, Dan Levitt sits with Brian Kenny to rank and discuss the top general managers in MLB history before 2015

Levitt on In Pursuit of Pennants


I’ve been spending some time talking about a Moneyball approach to college admissions. The idea is to get the best college education without sacrificing your financial future. And what better Moneyball solution for college than a full-ride scholarship? Want to know where to find such scholarships? Wendy Nelson at My Kid’s College Choice has created a spreadsheet listing over 400 college sponsored full-ride scholarships.

For each scholarship program, Wendy provides the minimum test scores, in-state and out-of-state qualifications, the amount of the award (full tuition, full ride, full ride plus), and a link to the website. She also indicates if it is a National Merit scholarship. For those interested in getting more than $2,000 for being a National Merit Scholar, Wendy’s list contains 76 programs offering full scholarships.

What I found most interesting is the “Type” column. Wendy classifies scholarships as Automatic or Competitive. Automatic scholarships are awarded based on meeting minimum test scores and GPA requirements. Competitive scholarships generally have minimum requirements but award winners are selected from a pool of applicants. These are often limited to a number of awards per year regardless of the number of applicants. That can make some of these competitive scholarships very competitive indeed.

These scholarships include the UCLA Stamps Scholarships which are awarded to only five student per year and application is by invitation only. If you’re in the top one to two percent of applicants nationally, you might qualify the Boston College Presidential Scholars Program.

Approximately two-thirds of the scholarships listed are competitive. Not all of the scholarships are as competitive as the two previously mentioned. However, these also don’t tend to be at schools with a high prestige factor. Supply and demand operates in college admissions just like in any other market for goods and services. Colleges that have their choice of excellent students don’t have to provide incentives to attend.

Most of the Moneyball opportunities on this list are going to be found in Automatic scholarships. Half of these are National Merit Scholarships already mentioned. However, there are still a significant number that are strictly GPA and test score based. If you can get past the allure of the prestige factor, you might be surprised at what a 3.25 GPA and 29 ACT will get you.

The list below shows the number of scholarships listed by state and type. A single school may have multiple scholarships so don’t interpret the numbers as the total number of schools with scholarships. Better yet, get the spreadsheet for yourself-it will be the best $2.99 you’ve ever spent.

Full Ride Scholarships By State

StateAutomaticCompetitiveOtherTotal
Alabama20626
Alaska11
Arizona527
Arkansas122234
California31518
Colorado279
Connecticut11
Delaware11
District of Columbia123
Florida10515
Georgia21315
Hawaii11
Idaho11
Illinois31821
Indiana211215
Iowa2911
Kansas33
Kentucky6713
Louisiana5510
Maine11
Maryland224
Massachusetts1515
Michigan336
Minnesota11
Mississippi549
Missouri21113
Montana11
Nebraska145
Nevada33
New Hampshire11
New Jersey145
New Mexico33
New York11011
North Carolina21820
North Dakota11
Ohio41418
Oklahoma549
Oregon22
Pennsylvania3710
Rhode Island11
South Carolina279
South Dakota22
Tennessee5813
Texas142337
Utah336
Vermont112
Virginia1910
Washington145
West Virginia213
Wisonsin167
Wyoming11
Grand Total1432942439

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